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Early Intervention Evaluations PART IV:Assessing Social Pragmatic Abilities of Children Under 3

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To date, I have written 3 posts on speech and language assessments of children under 3 years of age. My first post offered suggestions on what information to include in general speech-language assessments for this age group, my second post specifically discussed assessments of toddlers with suspected motor speech disorders and my third post described what information I tend to include […]

Why Are My Child’s Test Scores Dropping?

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“I just don’t understand,” says a parent bewilderingly, “she’s receiving so many different therapies and tutoring every week, but her scores on educational, speech-language, and psychological testing just keep dropping!” I hear a variation of this comment far too frequently in both my private practice as well as outpatient school in hospital setting, from parents […]

Assessing Behaviorally Impaired Students: Why Background History Matters!

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As a speech language pathologist (SLP) who works in an outpatient psychiatric school-based setting, I frequently review incoming students previous speech language evaluation reports.  There are a number of trends I see in these reports which I have written about in the past as well as planned on writing about in the future. For example, […]

Professional Consultation Services for Speech Language Pathologists

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Today I’d like to officially introduce a new professional consultation service for  speech language pathologists (SLPs), which I initiated  with select few clinicians through my practice some time ago. The idea for this service came after numerous SLPs contacted me and initiated dialogue via email and phone calls regarding cases they were working on or asked for advice on […]

Assessing Social Communication Abilities of School-Aged Children

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Recently, I’ve published an article in SIG 16 Perspectives on School Based Issues discussing the importance of social communication assessments of school aged children 2-18 years of age. Below I would like to summarize article highlights. First, I summarize the effect of social communication on academic abilities and review the notion of the “academic impact”. Then, I go over […]

Show me the Data or Why I Hate the Phrase: “It’s Not So Bad”

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A few days ago I was asked by my higher-ups for a second opinion on a consult regarding a psychological evaluation on an 11-year-old boy, which was depicting a certain pattern of deficits without a reasonable justification as to why they were occurring. I had a working hypothesis but needed more evidence to turn it into a viable […]

Improving Emotional Intelligence of Children with Social Communication Disorders

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Our ability to recognize our own and other people’s emotions, distinguish between and correctly identify different feelings, as well as use that information to guide our thinking and behavior is called Emotional Intelligence (EI) (Salovey, et al, 2008). EI encompasses dual areas of: emotion understanding, which is an awareness and comprehension of one’s and others emotions (Harris, 2008) and emotion regulation, which […]

App Review and Giveaway: Multiple Meanings Library

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Understanding that words can have more than one meaning is an invaluable first step to the comprehension of abstract language. It allows students to use words in a variety of contexts, become good oral communicators, and do well on a variety of written tasks. However, it is a well-known fact that many students with language disorders often […]

Review of Social Language Development Test Adolescent: What SLPs Need to Know

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A few weeks ago I reviewed the  Social Language Development Test Elementary  (SLDTE) and today I am reviewing the  Social Language Development Test Adolescent  (SLDTA) currently available from PRO-ED. Basic overview Release date: 2010 Age Range: 12-18 Authors:Linda Bowers, Rosemary Huisingh, Carolyn LoGiudice Publisher: Linguisystems (PRO-ED as of 2014) The Social Language Development Test: Adolescent (SLDT-A) assesses adolescent students’ social […]

Review of Social Language Development Test Elementary: What SLPs Need to Know

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As the awareness of social pragmatic language disorders continues to grow, more and more speech language pathologists are asking questions regarding various sources of social pragmatic language testing.  Today I am reviewing one such test entitled:  Social Language Development Test Elementary  (SLDTE) currently available from PRO-ED. Basic overview Release date: 2008 Age Range: 6:00-11:11 Authors:Linda Bowers, […]

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